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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 501: Kathy Talks with Steve

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit! Kathy and Steve are in the studio talking about some of the events that we’re looking forward to this fall – and there are a lot of them! The WEBS Fall Retreat is going on as we speak, but the Spinning Summit is happening starting on September 29th and there are still some spots left. If you’re thinking about heading to Rhinebeck, we’re hosting our annual Rhinebeck bus trip. Spots are filling up quickly – sign up soon! Check out our Events page if you would like to know more about what is happening around WEBS!


Yarn Picks of the Week:

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 500: Kathy Talks With Jakob Lang

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
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This week, we’re celebrating our 500th episode! The first episode of Ready, Set, Knit! premiered on November 4th, 2006, and since then, it’s been almost 11 years of fantastic interviews and inspiration. This week, Kathy is talking with Jakob Lang of Lang Yarns, who are also celebrating a milestone – their 150th year in business! Listen to learn more about the Lang family and how their business got started! To top off our celebration, we’re giving away TWO Lang Bjork Cowl kits on Facebook and Instagram. To enter, visit the WEBS Facebook and Instagram pages (both @websyarn) and comment what you would most like to learn about, or who you’d like to hear interviewed. Feel free to enter both, but only one vote will count!

Check out the gorgeous offerings we have from Lang this fall!

…and not to worry! Steve will be back with his yarn picks next week!

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Reminder

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 499: Kathy Talks With Stacy Charles

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
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This week, on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with one of our favorite RSK guests, Stacy Charles in-studio! Listen to hear more about the latest additions to his Tahki Yarns, and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns S Line collection for fall! Listen to hear more about Tahki Arctic, Nevada, and Vermont, as well as the Oh Natural collection for 2017! Don’t forget to take a look at the stunning new yarns added to the Stacy Charles Fine Yarns S Line collection, Luccica and Imperial.

The 2017 Fall Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for fall! 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder

WEBS is donating 5% of sales to the American Red Cross in support of those affected by Hurricane Harvey from now until Monday, June 4th. For more information, please visit yarn.com.

This is the last week of the WEBS Summer Sale! Click here to check out more of our fantastic offerings!

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 498: Kathy Talks with Michelle Maynard

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with Michelle Maynard of Project Knitwell. Project Knitwell is a DC Metro-based organization that advocates knitting as a part of wellness. Adhering to the philosophy that knitting is therapeutic to people who are facing difficult situations, Project Knitwell helps teach knitting to the homeless, at-risk youths, and those who may be in the hospital, whether it be the waiting room, or as a patient. Volunteers help to teach and provide quality supplies at no cost to participants. To learn more about how you can get involved, whether it be through marketing, teaching, needle donations, or through a monetary donation, click here!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder

This is the last week of the WEBS Summer Sale! Click here to check out more of our fantastic offerings!

Fall classes are LIVE!! Have you been itching to take the plunge and learn how to knit or crochet? How about fine-tuning your weaving and spinning skills? Click HERE to take a peek of our full list of class offerings – but be quick! They are known to fill up fast!

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here! 

Upcoming Events

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 497: Steve Talks With Amy Greeman

Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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This week, Steve is sitting down with our treasured education manager Amy Greeman, who has been hard at work on our 2nd annual WEBS Retreat which will be held this September. The retreat has been filled, but we will have plenty of other AMAZING class offerings this fall in knitting, weaving, crocheting, and more. We even plan on having a guest teacher or two – including Vickie Howell, who will be at WEBS in November! As you know, classes fill up super fast, so stay tuned  – sign ups will start on August 21st! Also, don’t forget – the WEBS Rhinebeck Road Trip and the Spinning Summit are coming very soon, and we have limited spots left! Sign up soon!The WEBS summer sale is now in full swing!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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3 Ways to Style: WEBS Learn to Knit Kit

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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One of the best things about being able to knit your own clothes is pairing your handmade items with things you already own!

Here at WEBS, people often tell us that they would love to learn to knit but they don’t live close enough to take a class, or they have a friend who wants to learn, but they don’t know where to start. We can help you with that!

We’ve created a Learn To Knit Kit complete with helpful easy to follow directions and a YouTube playlist so you can see each technique in action. Each kit include everything you’ll need to create your first scarf from start to finish!

When you’ve finished your first knitted garment, you might wonder what you’re going to wear it with? Take a quick look at our Learn to Knit scarf in Lime, made using Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky, a super-soft washable merino wool with an irresistible color selection.

For a casual autumn look, try wearing your scarf wrapped twice, with leggings and a flannel shirt! The faux leather jacket and chunky faux suede booties add a slight edge, while the textured scarf in a bright green brings warmth back into the outfit.

One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is folded in half, with the ends pulled through the loop. Pairing your new scarf with a jean jacket and cords makes for an easy to wear outfit for running weekend errands!

Last minute brunch date? Not to worry! Your scarf is the perfect pop of color against a camel-colored coat, printed and cropped navy pants, and finished off with leopard print wedge sandals. Lookin’ cute!

 

Your WEBS Learn to Knit Kit includes:

  •  two balls of Valley Yarns Superwash Bulky
  • one pair of size US #10 needles made of smooth and easy-to-use birchwood
  • one handy tapestry needle – you’ll need it to weave in those pesky little ends!
  •  one booklet with easy-to-understand pictorials that detail how to knit your first pattern, as well as four extra stitch patterns for when you’re ready to move on!
  • YouTube videos so you can see each knitting technique in action!
  •  one super cute muslin bag to keep your project contained (first 25 customers only!)

Order our kit today and you’ll know how to knit before summer is over! You’ll want to hurry, though, because those adorable bags are only available with the first 25 kits. And, if green isn’t your thing, and you’re psyched to knit your new scarf in a neutral, we have two more color options available to fit your personal style! To order yours, click here!

We’re here to help you start knitting, but once you start, you won’t be able to stop 🙂

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 496: Kathy Talks With Pam Haschke

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
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On this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is talking with Pam Haschke from  Halos of Hope, an incredible organization that donates chemo hats and accessories to people who are going through chemotherapy treatments. They take donations of knit and crochet hats, and even offer patterns on their website.  Listen to hear more about Pam’s own journey, and to find out how you can help!

Click here for more information about how you can participate in Halos of Hope!

 

The WEBS summer sale is now in full swing!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

Reminder:

WEBS will be at Stitches Midwest in Schaumberg, Illinois, next week, August 3rd through 6th! We’ll be at booths 613, 615, 617, 619, 712, 714, 716, and 718 – which sounds like a lot, but don’t worry, they’re all right next to one another. For a full map of the vendor’s floor, a list of classes (which are filling up FAST!) check out their website here!

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 495: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert of Twist Collective

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
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Dear Friends,

We are extremely excited to share some awesome news with you! Twist Collective, a phenomenal online magazine dedicated to supporting independent designers, is now a part of the WEBS family. Launched in August, 2008 by the incredibly talented Kate Gilbert, we are honored that we have the opportunity to work with Kate and together take Twist to an entirely new level. In the upcoming months you will see even more of the great design and editorial content that you expect from Twist. Like Twist, WEBS is dedicated to supporting indie designers and will continue that emphasis. Additionally, we will be adding lots of new features to the Twist site over the coming year. Twist will continue to be led by Kate, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team!


If you’ve never been to twistcollective.com before, head on over and take a look at some of the amazing independent designs from past issues. They are truly inspiring! Kate is already hard at work on the Fall issue which should go live around October 1st.

 

Please join us in welcoming Kate and the Twist Collective community!


Steve and Kathy Elkins
WEBS – America’s Yarn Store and Twist Collective
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www.twistcollective.com

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

You can sign up for the 11th annual WEBS Rhinebeck Roadtrip RIGHT NOW!! Have you started knitting your sweater yet? Click here for more details and to purchase your ticket…seats always fill up super fast, and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 494: Kathy Talks With Leslie Ann Bestor

Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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It’s all about spinning and weaving on Ready, Set, Knit! today!! This week, Kathy is talking with our spinning and weaving manager, Leslie Ann Bestor, all about the New England Weaving and Spinning Seminar, which is happening THIS WEEKEND right here in Northampton! NEWS is taking place at Smith College, right up the road (5 minutes!) from our Northampton, Mass store. NEWS only happens every other year and it’s FREE, so you won’t want to miss this! Kathy and LA are also going to be talking about the Tour de Fleece, which is also going on right now. Join our Ravelry group for a lively discussion about the Tour de Fleece!

 

For more information about the New England Weaver’s Seminar, click here!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

 

Reminder:

The New England Weavers Seminar is being held this year at Smith College, just minutes from WEBS, here in Northampton. Check out their website for more information!

Upcoming Events

WEBS is holding our first-ever Spinning Summit this fall! From September 29th through October 1st, we’ll be holding classes, special Sunday shopping hours for participants, and other exclusive events. Our teachers include the amazing Jillian Moreno, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, and Beth Smith! Check out our brochure over here!

Registration for the WEBS Retreat has filled! If you missed out, please consider signing up for the waitlist. We had many people come off the waitlist last year!

WEBS is having a Rhinebeck Sweater KAL! There’s still time to sign up and start your sweater, so sign up now to join for a reduced rate!  Click here for more information and to register!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Valley Yarns Style Guide: 3 Ways To Style the Harkin Pullover

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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Do you ever see something that you really want to knit, but aren’t sure how you would fit that style into your current wardrobe?

Me too. All the time.

We all want to get as much use out of our handknits as possible. Making your own clothing is time consuming and can get very expensive.

When I’m looking at a potential new project, I ask myself these four questions:

1. What fiber will I knit this in and realistically wear?

This is really a two-part question. What is the original garment made out of? Was it designed for a cotton and silk blend, so it will have lots of drape and movement? If so, would  I be willing to invest the time and money into that particular yarn or something similar? Will it look as good in a superwash Merino? Will I have to take special care when laundering the garment? If you’re looking to make an aran sweater with a turtleneck, choosing a cotton is probably not the best idea – even if it has the same stitch gauge. The same goes for a summery linen top. The fabric won’t act the same if knit in a bouncy superwash Merino as it would in a linen fiber.

2. What color do I want to knit it in vs. what color will actually work with what I have?

This can be a really tough one, especially if you’re like me, and tend to be interested in knitting only with a few different shades. So, if the sample garment is knit in a bright yellow, can I envision it in a different color? Would the stitch pattern disappear if I used my favorite hue? Would I wear that trendy neon green speckled color next season? How many tops do I have that will go under that sweater and will I have to buy more to coordinate? Sometimes you just can’t tell until you’ve actually knit it. My advice would be to buy a skein of that color and swatch it. Hold it up against your skin in natural and unnatural light. Drape it over clothes you already own. If you can still envision yourself wearing that color, then by all means, use it!

3. I like the shape of this garment – but will I like it on me? 

Another tough question. If you’re petite, maybe you’re not comfortable wearing something long and oversized without  changing the length a bit (or quite a bit). If you’re busty with wide shoulders, you may need to choose a pattern that can accommodate your frame. A taller body may need to edit where the waist shaping is on a sweater as well as the length. The list goes on and on. All of our bodies are sized differently and a lot of patterns are only written for a handful of sizes (although most designers are getting much better about expanding their sizing options). For me, if I have to change more than three things about a pattern to feel comfortable in it, I’m out. Pull out some of your favorites and decide what you think looks best on you, and try choosing a pattern that has similar qualities.

4. How many outfits can I make out of things I already own? Will I have to buy something to go with this?  

If your wardrobe is more jeans-and-a-tee, maybe you won’t get as much wear out of that gorgeous cable-knit skirt as you would a top-down raglan. If you live in Hawaii, you might not have the same need for a closet full of Lopi sweaters as someone in Alaska might.

Ok, so maybe that was more than four questions, but I think you get the gist of it. Of course, we support making what you want, when you want, but we also want you to get as much wear as you can out of your handknits, and to make something you’ll cherish!

Today, we’re taking the Harkin Pullover, by Kirsten Hipsky, knit in Valley Yarns Hatfield, and styling it three different ways. Harkin is an oversized pullover, knit in a lace weight alpaca on size 8 needles. It’s roomy and comes in several sizes. It’s very lightweight, but adds a touch of warmth to almost any outfit, which is perfect for all seasons, and definitely easy to mix and match with what you probably already own!

For our Valley Yarns 2017 catalog, we styled the Harkin Pullover with medium-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a chunky necklace. It’s a simple outfit that definitely has an autumnal feel. Since we’re still a couple of months away from Fall here in the Pioneer Valley, I styled Harkin three ways that could work in the summer, using items pulled from my own wardrobe.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 1

The first outfit is a summery recreation of the original look. When late summer mornings start to get cool, I often throw a lightweight sweater over a tank. I used medium-wash jeggings with a black cami to pair underneath. Instead of tall boots, I chose these colorful, faux-leather flat sandals that were a steal at Target. To top it off, I grabbed a small cross-body bag.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 2Do you wear your knits to work? We do at WEBS!

For a casual office, the unstructured and oversized Harkin Pullover would look great over the same black camisole, and with a flouncy patterned skirt. Cute, shiny, and comfy, these flat sandals add texture and shine.

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 3

For the final outfit, I wanted to dress Harkin up a bit. I chose an ultra-short, strappy sundress, with chunky wedge platforms. The colors of the floral print compliment the sweater’s deep red color, and because the knitted fabric is sheer, a bit of that print will peek through! It’s the perfect cover-up for a summer date night!

valley yarns knit sweater harkin 4

 

How do you style your handknits? We want you to show us! Tag us @websyarn on Instagram, or share them in our Ravelry group!